I, Robot

 Twentieth Century Fox presents a film directed by Alex Proyas. Written by Jeff Vintar and Akiva Goldsman. Suggested by Isaac Asimov’s book. Running time: 115 minutes. Rated PG-13 (for intense stylized action and some brief partial nudity).
Please enter next summer action film. What would July be without Will Smith? I expect many answers to that question. Lets talk about 1, Robot or is it I, Robot or is it I as in Roman numeral “one”. Either way I think this movie is about robots. Which is good because we haven’t had one of these in a while.

This film was directed by Alex Proyas, which means it might be pretty good. He made The Crow and one of my personal favorites, Dark City. My hopes were pretty high, but what could I have been expecting from a story about robots. How many more stories can there be? And while this film reminds me of A.I. and Robocop, this story was written back in the sixties or so and probably had a lot of influence on both of those films. Especially Robocop, where the three laws were the prime plot point as it is in the original work. In a story about innovation why is it I feel like I’m seeing every other cop film ever made. Here’s the pitch. There’s this cop right and he’s kind of a loose cannon. With me so far? He’s a little off key because of something traumatic that happened to him in the past. It’s a dark secret or something okay. He acts impulsively and causes damage all over the city, but hey, he gets the job done, but only to return to the office, where his fellow officers assemble to make fun of him. Why is it, in every cop movie, fellow officers are all dicks?

Looking past that, this is a fun film. There’s humor, aka Will Smith, and the Robot, who likes to be called Sonny, is amazing to watch. His subtle gestures and overall performance is on a par with his co-stars and his fight scenes with the other, more conformist, robots kick ass, actually inspiring myself and the audience to cheer and say things like “Yay” or “whoa” or “dude” or “dude, did you fucking see that” and “shit” and finally “shit that shit is tight!”

P.S.

The partial nudity is in reference to the Hulky Will Smith getting out of bed in some super sportin’ jockeys. There is a bit of a tease with the female star in the shower, but like all PG-13 films out there, a towel was near by.

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~ by fumikaelson on July 22, 2004.

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